Famous British Sailors

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Francis Drake
(Best Known for His Circumnavigation of the World in a Single Expedition)
Francis Drake
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Birthdate: 1540 AD
Birthplace: Tavistock, Devon, England
Died: January 28, 1596

Francis Drake was an English explorer and naval officer. He is remembered for his Raiding Expedition, a prominent historical maritime event which unfolded between 1577 and 1580. Although Drake is considered a hero in the United Kingdom, his privateering led the Spanish to refer to him as a pirate. His expedition has also had a major cultural impact in Britain.

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John Newton
(British Sailor and Anglican Clergyman)
John Newton
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Birthdate: July 24, 1725
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Wapping, London
Died: December 21, 1807

John Newton was an English Anglican cleric. As a young man, he was forcefully recruited into the navy and worked on slave ships in the slave trade for several years. He later converted to Christianity, following which he denounced slavery and became an abolitionist. He was then ordained as a Church of England cleric. 

Henry FitzRoy, Duke of Richmond and Somerset
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Birthdate: June 15, 1519
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Blackmore, England
Died: July 22, 1536

Henry FitzRoy, Duke of Richmond and Somerset, was the son of Henry VIII and his mistress Elizabeth Blount. Henry FitzRoy was the only illegitimate child acknowledged by King Henry VIII of England. In spite of being an illegitimate child, Henry FitzRoy was made Duke of Richmond and Somerset. He was later made Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland. 

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 4 
Donald Crowhurst
(Former businessman and amateur sailor who disappeared while competing in the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, a single-handed, round-the-world yacht race)
Donald Crowhurst
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Birthdate: 1932 AD
Birthplace: Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
Died: 1969 AD
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Fletcher Christian
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Birthdate: September 25, 1764
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: near Cockermouth, England
Died: September 20, 1793
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William Kidd
(Pirate)
William Kidd
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Birthdate: 1655 AD
Birthplace: Greenock, Scotland
Died: May 23, 1701
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Ellen MacArthur
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Birthdate: July 8, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Whatstandwell, England
 8 
Frederick Fleet
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Birthdate: October 15, 1887
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Liverpool
Died: January 10, 1965
 9 
Jack Phillips
(Wireless telegraphist)
Jack Phillips
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Birthdate: April 11, 1887
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Farncombe, Surrey, England
Died: April 15, 1912
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Jack Ward
(Privateer)
Jack Ward
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Birthdate: 1553 AD
Birthplace: Faversham
Died: 1622 AD
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Tracy Edwards
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Birthdate: September 5, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pangbourne, United Kingdom
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Martin Frobisher
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Birthdate: 1535 AD
Birthplace: Altofts, England
Died: November 21, 1594
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William Dampier
(Explorer)
William Dampier
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Birthdate: September 5, 1651
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: East Coker, Somerset, England
Died: February 29, 2017
 14 
Arthur Rostron
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Birthdate: May 14, 1869
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bolton
Died: November 4, 1940
 15 
Harold Lowe
(Sailor)
Harold Lowe
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Birthdate: November 21, 1882
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Llanrhos
Died: May 12, 1944
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Harold Bride
(Sailor)
Harold Bride
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Birthdate: January 11, 1890
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nunhead, London, United Kingdom
Died: April 29, 1956
Henry Percy, 1st earl of Northumberland
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Birthdate: November 10, 1341
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Northumberland, England
Died: February 20, 1408
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Robin Knox-Johnston
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Birthdate: March 17, 1939
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Putney, London, England
 19 
Christopher Newport
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Birthdate: 1561
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Limehouse
Died: 1617 AD
 20 
Henry Tingle Wilde
(Former chief officer of the RMS Titanic)
Henry Tingle Wilde
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Birthdate: September 21, 1872
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Walton, Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
Died: April 15, 1912
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Sir Francis Chichester
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Birthdate: September 17, 1901
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Barnstaple, England
Died: August 26, 1972
 22 
Richard Grenville
(Naval commander)
Richard Grenville
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Birthdate: June 15, 1542
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bideford, Devon, England
Died: September 10, 1591
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Richard Parker
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Birthdate: April 16, 1767
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Exeter, Devon, England
Died: June 30, 1797
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Thomas Cavendish
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Birthdate: September 19, 1560
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Trimley St Martin
Died: April 30, 1592
 25 
John Byron
(Navy officer)
John Byron
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Birthdate: November 8, 1723
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Newstead Abbey, England
Died: April 10, 1786
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Pip Hare
(Sailor)
Pip Hare
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Birthdate: February 7, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England
 27 
James Lancaster
(English merchant)
James Lancaster
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Birthdate: 1554 AD
Birthplace: Basingstoke, England
Died: June 6, 1618
 28 
Thomas Sopwith
(Aircraft designer)
Thomas Sopwith
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Birthdate: January 18, 1888
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kensington, England
Died: January 27, 1989
 29 
Edward Boscawen
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Birthdate: August 19, 1711
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Tregothnan, Cornwall, England
Died: January 10, 1761
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Edward Hawke, 1st Baron Hawke
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Birthdate: February 21, 1705
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England
Died: October 17, 1781
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Robert McClure
(Explorer)
Robert McClure
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Birthdate: January 28, 1807
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Wexford, Ireland
Died: October 17, 1873
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Duncan Scott-Ford
(British Merchant Seaman Who was Executed for Passing Vital Information to Enemy During World War II)
Duncan Scott-Ford
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Birthdate: September 4, 1921
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Plymouth, Devon, England
Died: November 3, 1942

Duncan Scott-Ford was a British merchant seaman. He was accused of passing vital information to an enemy agent during World War II, for which he was executed on 3 November 1942 at the age of 21. Duncan Scott-Ford was part of the Royal Navy and Merchant Navy prior to his execution.

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Samuel Argall
(Adventurer)
Samuel Argall
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Birthdate: 1580 AD
Birthplace: Bristol, England
Died: January 24, 1626
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Richard Hawkins
(Explorer)
Richard Hawkins
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Birthdate: 1562 AD
Birthplace: Plymouth, England
Died: April 17, 1622
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Shirley Robertson
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Birthdate: July 15, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dundee, England
 36 
Watkin Tench
(Marine Officer)
Watkin Tench
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Birthdate: October 6, 1758
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chester, England
Died: May 7, 1833
 37 
James Weddell
(Navigator)
James Weddell
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Birthdate: August 24, 1787
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ostend, Belgium
Died: September 9, 1834
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Richard Chancellor
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Birthdate: 1521 AD
Birthplace: Bristol, England
Died: November 10, 1556
William FitzWilliam, 1st Earl of Southampton
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Birthdate: 1490 AD
Birthplace: Aldwark, England
Died: October 15, 1542
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Lionel Davidson
(Novelist)
Lionel Davidson
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Birthdate: March 31, 1922
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kingston upon Hull, England
Died: October 21, 2009
Francis Willoughby, 5th Baron Willoughby of Parham
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Birthdate: 1605 AD
Birthplace: England, England
Died: July 23, 1666
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Tobias Furneaux
(Navigator)
Tobias Furneaux
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Birthdate: August 21, 1735
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Plymouth, England
Died: September 18, 1781
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Mary Anne Talbot
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Birthdate: February 2, 1778
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: February 4, 1808
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Robert Drury
(Former Sailor on the Degrave who was shipwrecked at the age of 17 on the island of Madagascar)
Robert Drury
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Birthdate: 1687 AD
Birthplace: Tower Hamlets, London, England
Died: 1735 AD
Augustus Charles Hobart-Hampden
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Birthdate: April 1, 1822
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Leicestershire, England
Died: June 19, 1886
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Ned Young
(Sailor)
Ned Young
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Birthdate: 1762 AD
Birthplace: Wells, Norfolk, England
Died: December 25, 1800